The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is a 3-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State now in its 32nd year. The festival typically attracts between 4000-8000 attendees per day many of whom camp on site all weekend.

The festival takes place on the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, New York near the MA/CT/NY border on the first weekend in August. The festival has 4 stages: Main Stage, Dance Stage, Family Stage and Workshop Stage. Dance Stage artists are usually booked first, Main Stage next and the Family Stage last. The Workshop Stage features different combinations of performers booked on one or more of the other 3 stages sharing sets on a variety of topics. Some performers are booked specifically for one stage but most appear on more than one.  We accept submissions for feature appearances on all stages as well as entries for our Friday afternoon GRASSY HILL EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE on this platform. 

Each year 24 artists are selected by a panel of judges for a spot in our Friday afternoon SHOWCASE held on the Main Stage. This is a 2 song or 10 minute spot. The showcase is open to all performers who have not showcased in the last two years  and who will not be appearing in any other capacity including sideperson  or special guest in the current year. The showcase is a rare opportunity to be seen and heard in a large amphitheater setting with  hundreds of folk fans, presenters, agents, record labels and media in  attendance. A committee of 3 music professionals review submissions and  makes selections. There is a $20 Showcase application fee.

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 The Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase at Falcon Ridge is open to performers who have not showcased with us in the last TWO years and will not  be appearing in any other capacity including sideperson or special  guest in the current year. This is a 2 song or 10 minute spot on our  Main Stage on Friday afternoon. We begin accepting applications mid February. The festival takes place on the Dodds Farm in  Hillsdale, NY near the MA/CT/NY border. 2020 festival dates are July 31 - Aug 2. The showcase will begin at NOON on Friday July 31 and run for approximately 4 hours. Major sponsorship is generously provided by Grassy Hill Entertainment. 

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Falcon Ridge 2020 will be a virtual event, held online, the GRASSY HILL EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE will be a big part of that online event.  

Selected artists appear in our program book, are assisted by our  excellent stage & sound crew and may have their mailing list and  merchandise available in our sales tent. While there is no compensation for the  showcase, artists receive full admission, on-site camping and meals for  the entire festival plus one guest pass per act. The showcase is not a  contest. However, the audience is surveyed as to which 3 showcase artists they wish to see return to the Most Wanted Song Swap (MWSS) at  FRFF the following year. Three to four artists are invited to return for a paid feature performance at the festival.

The showcase and song swap are an opportunity to be seen and heard in a  large
amphitheater setting with hundreds of folk fans, presenters,  agents, record labels & media in attendance. A committee of 3 music  professionals review submissions and make selections. The only criteria  are high quality performances of interesting, well-crafted, acoustic  based material. It need not be original.

All showcase applicants will be notified no later than July 1. More  details on production, merchandise, camping will be sent to all selected  artists. 

Past showcasers include Martin Sexton, Catie  Curtis, The Nields, Peter Mulvey, Ellis Paul, Erin McKeown, Lori  McKenna, Pamela Means, Jason Spooner Band, Red Molly, Spuyten Duyvil, We're About 9, Darlingside, Bettman & Halpin and The End of America.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival